Peace, Perfect Peace

Words:10.10 • Edward H. Bickersteth, Jr. (1875); based on a sermon from Isaiah 26:3
Music:PAX TECUM • George T. Caldbeck, arr. Charles J. Vincent (1877)

Words

1.

Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

2.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

3.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.

4.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus’ keeping we are safe and they.

5.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

6.

Peace, perfect peace, death shad’wing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its pow’rs.

7.

It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heav’n’s perfect peace.

Compared to Hymnals

  No. Words Music
Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs 464 Lacks vs 6 Identical
Songs of Faith and Praise 479 Lacks vss 4, 5, 6;
First phrases punctuated as a statement instead of a question1
Key of D♭ instead of C;
First phrase ends with alto suspension
Praise for the Lord 530 Lacks vs 6;
First phrases punctuated as a statement instead of a question1
First phrase ends with alto suspension
Hymns for Worship (Revised) 223 Lacks vss 4, 5, 6, 7 Identical
Songs of the Church 123 Lacks vs 6;
First phrases punctuated as a statement instead of a question1
First phrase ends with alto suspension
Sacred Selections 239 Lacks vss 4, 5, 6, 7 Identical
Christian Hymns No. 2 92 Lacks vss 4, 6, 7;
First phrases punctuated as a statement instead of a question1
First phrase ends with alto suspension
Great Songs of the Church No. 2 478 Lacks vs 6;
First phrases punctuated as a statement instead of a question1
First phrase ends with alto suspension

1As in the original 1877 publication (see below in Sources).

Sources

  • Joseph Thomas Cooper, The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with Accompanying Tunes, Revised and Enlarged (1877), #32, p. 32:
  • Charles Vincent, D. J. Wood, John Stainer, The Hymnal Companion to the Book of Common Prayer with Accompanying Tunes, Third Edition (1890), #280, p. 341:
    https://archive.org/details/coniont00bick/page/341/mode/1up

References

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Through [Jesus] let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name.
— Hebrews 13:15